I remember the day you were born as if it was only yesterday!
The day I gave birth to a boy! You ! My son!!!
I was so proud to hold you in my arms.
Anthony was born on February 7th 1996.
Me and Anthony at the hospital.
You brought so much joy and energy into my life!
I have always wanted to take care of you, to protect you! And to hold and comfort you when you felt sad.
I took you along the journey of life, with memories of good and bad moments, as life is.
And I tried to explain you as good as I could why things happened.
Now I realize that you are grown up and that you need to go your own way. And I understand…I do!…But please don’t forget to share with me lots of beautiful or even the more uncomfortable moments in your life. I’ll be there to have fun with you, to listen to you, to support you, whenever you need me.
I am so proud of the wonderful and good hearted person you became now.
Anthony and his godchild Alexa.
I love to see you laughing and enjoying time spending with your dearest godchild Alexa.
Anthony and his school friends.
I am so pleased to hear you enjoy making fun with your school friends.
Surrounded by ….girls, girls, girls.
Anthony and me a few weeks ago.
I do hope we will still share tons of beautiful moments together in future!
Happy Birthday Anthony!
Wishing your son a very happy Sweet Sixteen. My daughter Annabel turned sixteen this last year, it is amazing how the time just flies by. I can't help thinking lately that soon she will be gone to University and I have to make the most of each and every day until then, not easy always with a teenager! Congratulations Greet to you to!
Girls, girls, girls? Wow, I can certainly see why! What a handsome young man. Greet, I love your blog and do so enjoy seeing your home, your projects, suppliers, tradesmen and all that you do. Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with all of us!
I was part of a large Italian family and there were several Anthonys-of all ages! I remember with such great affection the mothers who would snuggle their sons, every one of them, no matter what the age of their sons, calling them 'Little Anthony.'
Happy Birthday to your 'Little Anthony!'
Voor deze jongen gaat het nog eens druk worden,(met de meisjes)
Van harte gefeliciteerd,hij lijkt mij erg LIEF.
Ik wens je een hele fijne dag & groetjes,
Happy Birthday to your son Anthony !! I hope that he will have a wonderful day.
I have a son that is seventeen now. The things you have written are so beautiful and so true. There is tears in my eyes (of joy). Thank you for helping me to set words to my thoughts !
Van harte gefeliciteerd Greet, uiteraard ook mijn hartelijke felicitaties voor je zoon! Ik proef iets over loslaten in je post, met twee dochters van 17 en 14 weet ik er alles van :)!
Ik wens jullie een hele feestelijke dag en wees maar trots…hij staat midden in het leven (en de dames) en heeft het hart op de goede plaats, dat is iets om dankbaar voor te zijn!
Such a lovely, lovely post Greet… Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy… Aren't we lucky to have sons? Mine is 22 now and totally adorable…xv
happy to be here again
Wat een leuke lieve jongen, dat zie je zo.
Een hele fijne verjaardag en veel gezondheid voor de toekomst.
Tu n'as pas changé en 16 ans !!!
Bon anniversaire au jeune homme Anthony ! Il à l'air très sympathique, je comprend qu'il ait beaucoup d'amies !
Il peut aussi être fier de sa maman qui écrit de belles choses…
Mon fils à 19 ans et à envie de son indépendance, mais il a toujours bien besoin de moi parfois…
C'est étrange même d'avoir un enfant adulte ! Tu verras…
Je vois que mon aquarelle a trouvé une bonne place sur l'étagère, ça me fait plaisir de la voir !
Une très bonne journée à tous !
Wat een knappe gast ! Fijn dat je zo trots kan zijn. Ongelooflijk, mijn zoon wordt op 9 februari 21 ! Watermannen, het zijn schatten ! dikke kus voor Anthony's verjaardag !
a happy birthday for your son. I hope he will take advantage of life because time goes so fast. This blogspot is very adorable and you have not changed in 16 years!
Van harte gefeliciteerd met je zoon, Greet! Knappe jongen..dat zien de meisjes ook wel;-)
De tijd vliegt enorm..onze zoon word donderdag alweer 18. Al voelt het dat je hem al bijna los moet laten, omdat de teugels steeds losser worden gelaten, toch krijgt dat ook weer een keerpunt. Als ze van alles een beetje geproefd hebben, richten ze zich steeds meer op huis. Puber jongens worden volwassen mannen, Greet… geniet er van, want je kan reuze trots op hem zijn!
Een hele fijne dag toegewenst!
Happy Birthday Anthony! What an amazing time of life. Time to start dreaming big. 🙂
Greet, this was so lovely and so moving. I don't have children but have that special bond with my Mom and nothing can ever, ever change that. And yes, only you could look so elegant right after giving birth! Loved Brooke's choice of designer too…
Happy Birthday Gorgeous Anthony….. very sexy and handsome.
Beautiful post Greet….. warm hearted and loving mom.
You could only have been blessed with a special boy too….. loving and secure family. Nothing more wonderful…… x sherie in cape town
This is so sweet. What a handsome boy you have raised Greet! I understand why all the girls are flocking him but I know his #1 girl is his mom! I love the wishes and dreams you have for him, and this was a wonderful tribute to him. There is nothing like sharing lifes path with our kids, as hard as it might be to see them "grow up". I too have a 16 year old MAN and I would give anything to push a pause button! Happy birthday to your sweet Anthony!
Oh dear….he is so handsome, but mostly, he appears to have a good nature. Dear Greet, you are so blessed!!!! HAPPY DAY DEAREST! Anita
A proud mum! Congrats!
Happy birthday to your handsome son! I enjoyed reading your story;
have a beautiful day,
Dahhhling what a sweet post! ¡Felíz cumpleaños to your beautiful boy!
Wonderful, wonderful, heartwarming post and thoughts.
In the blink of an eye, it will be graduation and on to college.
Savoring the moments is so important and special.
OMG Greet I cried reading this! I know that love so well and the privilege of being a mother to a beautiful son!
Happy birthday and happy continuation on your life journey dear Anthony! May this be the beginning to even greater things ahead!
Biggest hugs to mother father and son!
Gorgeous post!You looked gorgeous too in the hospital with your red lips!I can relate as my sons are 22 and 24………….where did the time go?Enjoy him now because soon POOF he will be gone!
Well Happy Birthday to Anthony he's turned into a handsome young man. I can feel the love you have for your young man and never fear he will always need his Mom!
I wish for all of you the very best, enjoy your celebration!
*** That is sooooo touching I got goose bumps a few times, thinking about a mother's love & how it is just something SOOOO SPECIAL, Greet… You have been incredibly blessed with having him… and he with you…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTHONY… I must say YOU'RE A LUCKY A*N*D HANDSOME YOUNG MAN!!!
Linda in AZ *
awwwwww…that's all I can say….awwwwww
Fijne verjaardag, Anthony!!!
Et félicitations à sa jolie maman qui peut être fière de son fils!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTHONY!
Such a lovely birthday wish for your son. Our sons truly are so amazing.
Thank your for sharing, Greet.
An another Happy B'day, Anthony! As a mother of an all grown-up son & daughter, cherish every second. Our children are our most treasured gift. Wonderful post. Greetings to you all from S. CA. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com
I think his T-shirt says it all…REPLAY!
Tina mentioned hitting the pause button, but the replay button will just have to do. I think every mother who has a son (mine's 26) holds those heart-strings close to her heart, like a perpetual umbilical cord. Happy Birthday Anthony!
Anthony is a doll! Love this post!
Sweet words, as only a lovely mom can say…
Greetings to your son, who is beautiful as his mother!
Love this post Greet! Brought tears to my eyes.
Happy Birthday Anthony!! My Birthday is Friday!!
A very happy birthday to Anthony! A lovely post, Greet, thanks for sharing these special moments with us!
what a loving tribute to a treasured son. without a doubt i can tell you are a wonderful mother. happy birthday anthony!
Happy Birthday, Anthony! A tribute that only a son will love! I cried! Tears of happiness!!! I am 80 and it brought back memories of my own son when he was 16! and today he has children of his own! Thank you, Greet for sharing with us! Pictures are beautiful! Love the one of you and your baby, Anthony at the hospital. Priceless, Dear One.
You all touched me by your lovely comments on Anthony's birthday! It was a pleasure to read them!
Thank you so much, all of you!!!
Beautiful….. The nicest words one can say to a child….. I almost cried – and my twins was only 4 years yesterday!!!
Amai Greetje wat een flinke zoon! Het lijkt dat jullie een sterke band hebben, zo mooi! grtjs x
Happy Birthday to your handsome son!! What a special tribute to Anthony and a what special Mom…
My twin sons shall be 19 on the 18th of this month and time goes so fast, but my love for them grows.
Warmest wishes to your handsome boy. Happy birthday!
He has a lucky Mom, but surely he knows that!
Wonderful show of affection and one he'll relate to…social media. Time flies when your living life. Happy B-Day Anthony…great job Mom!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Annthony! You picked one good Mama! (:
Handsome and smart you are. You are going to go far – and your Mom will have to fend those girls off with a stick!
Happy, happy to the whole family!
Happy Birthday to your handsome son, a son is such a blessing. I think he is very blessed to have such a loving mother such as yourself.
Love and hugs, Cindy
I 'feel' your heart…I have two sons and the love is indescribable! By the way, you haven't aged one bit..how gorgeous were you then (and now) in your beautiful silk gown!
Happy birthday dear sweet Anthony, you are blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful and loving mom!
such an emotional and beautiful post from your son.
he is a good looking boy and you must be so proud.
i hope you will share a lot of years together and wonderful times.
Happy birthday to your son Anthony. I do not have to tell you to treasure each moment because I can tell you do. My sons are now 45 and 47 and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone and how much joy they have brought to my life. All good wishes for the wonderful years ahead of you.
Happy birthday from me as well! This is an important age and your young man looks gentle,smart and fun! Having three boys of my own, I know how proud you must be of him!
Enjoy every moment together!